Taraba State Governor, Arch. Darius Ishaku on Sunday enjoined the people of the state to resolve to work harder for peace and unity among them as they mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In his Easter message to the people of Taraba and signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan Abu, Ishaku said, “we have had too many crises and conflicts and lost too many innocent lives and valuable properties in the past and all these must stop.
“Peace is the greatest need of the state at this point in time and we must commit ourselves to the search for it.
“I urge the people of Taraba; Christians, Muslims and traditional religious adherents to work together to achieve peace for the benefit of all.
“I congratulate all Christians on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and wish them a happy Easter celebrations.”
The Governor while felicitating with all Christians in Taraba on behalf of the government and people of the State reminded them of the importance of Easter as an outstanding festival in the Christian calendar.
Ishaku said Easter is a reminder of the great sacrifice through the death of Jesus Christ whose triumph over death through His resurrection has made salvation free for humanity.
He urged all Christians to use this occasion to reflect on the life and times of Jesus Christ, particularly, His spirit of forgiveness and empathy which saw Him healing the sick, helping the poor and preaching peace.
Following outbreak of communal violence between the Tiv and Jukun in Taraba and part of Benue State, governments of the two states have resolved to deal decisively with anyone caught causing trouble in the area.
This was one of the resolutions reached at the end of a peace meeting between the Acting Governor of Benue State, Mr. Benson Abounu and the Deputy Governor of Taraba State Engr. Haruna Manu held at the Federal University, Wukari in Taraba State.
The meeting urged youths of the affected communities to sheath their swords and embrace peace, even as it stressed the need for community and security collaboration to achieve enduring peace.
The joint security meeting emphasized the need for Tiv and Jukun people who are indigenes of both States to be loyal to the political and traditional leaderships of the two States and accept the indigeneship of the State they belong.
Part of the communiqué read; “the meeting agreed that the political and traditional leadership of the two States should constitute a committee consisting of two co-Chairmen and four others from the border communities affected by the crisis to work out modalities for peaceful co-existence.
“The meeting further stressed the need for communities security collaborations by reporting all forms of criminality and not shield criminal elements in both States and that criminals must be treated as criminals.
“The meeting also stressed the need for full and strict implementation of all the past resolutions issued at the joint security meetings held at Kashimbilla in February 2017, Ugba Township Hall in July, 2017 and the Federal University Wukari in December, 2018 to resolve the contentious issues that have always resulted to crisis between the two tribes”.
The joint peace meeting also resolved to set up Peace Committee to go round affected areas to assess and determine the level of destruction to providing relief materials to assuage the hardship of people in the affected communities.
Our correspondent reports that the two Deputy Governors embarked on inspection visits to some of the affected communities.
The crisis between the two ethnic groups which began at Kente on April 1st claimed lives and property worth millions of Naira destroyed within the two weeks crisis.
Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku is worried about incessant conflict between Jukun and Tiv people in Taraba and Benue states.
The latest of such conflict occurred in Kente, a border community in Taraba State last weekend. Governor Ishaku condemned the degeneration of a minor conflict between a Jukum person and a Tiv person into a bitter conflict leading to some casualties.
He urged the residents of the border communities to live together in peace and harmony to attract government amenities that will make life easier for them.
He said frequent conflicts can only lead to disruption of economic activities and aggravate poverty and hunger.
As neighbours, the two groups need each other for economic survival. Therefore, they must co-operate in protecting their communities against any form of threat to peace in the area.
Bala Dan Abu.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity.